Teen loses her arm in robbery by 3 men



Why attack me, says teen who lost arm in robbery

Yasmin Abdul Latif

May 2, 2022 11:45 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Seventeen-year-old Siti Nur Azizah Syafri Adi, who lost an arm last August after being attacked by robbers, shows no sign of bitterness as she waits for the attackers to be brought to justice.

“It’s no use crying because I can’t get back what I’ve lost. So, I have no choice but to accept this, no matter how painful it is,” she said when met by FMT.

“I’m not asking for much, I just want to know what it is that I did for them to have done this to me,” she said.

“I’m not angry. I just want to know why they did this. I want them to apologise, and I want justice.”

Azizah and her boyfriend were making a food delivery run for her mother’s business when they were attacked by three men in Jalan Kuching.

Her right arm had to be amputated at the shoulder because of the severe injuries she suffered when she and her boyfriend were attacked by the three men.

The couple lost control of their motorcycle which crashed into the divider, causing severe injuries and the loss of her right arm which was later amputated in hospital.

It is understood that one of the three robbers had kicked at their motorcycle causing it to go out of control.

While Azizah has shown great resilience over the past nine months, she and her mother hope the robbers will face justice.

Azizah’s mother, Roslinawati Ya, 39, said her family are still trying to identify the robbers, and hoped the authorities would not close the case.

“I really hope the police won’t close this case since it’s about justice for my daughter,” said Roslinawati, a single mother of five children. “At the very least, I hope that this won’t happen to other people.”

Azizah received a prosthetic arm in January sponsored by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), and a 3D printing company.

She said she is still trying to adjust, not being able to carry out her daily activities like she did before.

“It was difficult to do things at first. I had to depend on my mother or siblings to eat or bathe. After that, I slowly started pushing myself. Even though it felt awkward doing it, I had to learn.”

Azizah, the eldest child, has been instrumental in helping her mother boost their family’s income by making deliveries after her father died in 2018.

She now helps to get sales for her mother’s online business which sells food, cosmetics and clothes, among others.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel like working like other people, but now, I can only depend on the online business. Not everyone will accept me as an employee, so it’s hard for me to work for others now,” Azizah said.

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